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Prost! Oktoberfest is coming to the La Crosse Public Library with special events from September 24-October 6, 2018. Join us to celebrate the season in a safe and family-friendly environment. 

All events are free and will be held at the Main Street Library (800 Main Street). Event hosts and sponsors are listed below. 

  • History of Oktoberfest
    Monday Mornings at Main
    Monday, September 24, 9:30 AM

    We're getting ready for Oktoberfest with a special edition of our weekly Monday Mornings at Main series of lifelong learning programs. Join Duane Moore, the 1997 La Crosse Oktoberfest Festmaster and local TV legend, for a fascinating presentation on the history of Oktoberfest. Monday Mornings at Main meets every Monday in the fall and spring for a series of lifelong learning for ages 50 and better. Each week we hear from a different local expert on a wide-variety of topics. Monday Mornings at Main is paid for by a grant from the Gert Salzer Gordon Trust. 


  • Researching Bavarian Ancestors
    La Crosse Genealogical Society
    Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 PM

    Join the La Crosse Area Genealogical Society at the La Crosse Public Library for their monthly meeting. Get tips and information on searching your family history. This month we'll be discussing ways to research Bavarian ancestors. How do you find the town of origin? How do you know what records to search? Bavaria is a big place with boundaries that shifted over the centuries. The problem with most webinars, presentations, and advice for searching in Germany is that the focus is seldom on Bavaria, which has its own unique research issues. Please join us as Penny Bonnar provides key pointers to help you find your way to and through the records. The presentation will include handouts.


  • Polka Tots
    La Crosse Public Library Youth Services
    Friday, September 28, 10:30 AM

    Join our Youth Services Librarians for the annual Polka Tots party. Children of all ages are invited to the library to celebrate Oktoberfest in a family-friendly environment. Learn the chicken dance, make autumn crafts, and enjoy a pretzel necklace. 


  • Oktoberfest Photography Contest
    Official Oktoberfest USA Photography Contest Exhibit
    Friday, September 28-Sunday, September 30.

    Oktoberfest USA is bringing their annual photography contest back to the La Crosse Public Library. The Oktoberfest Photography Contest is an opportunity for you to show off your favorite photographic creations and to check out the work of other local photographers. The contest is open to everyone including students, enthusiasts, and professionals, with different categories for students, adults, and all ages. Photos will be displayed at the La Crosse Public Library on Friday, September 28 from 4-6 PM, on Saturday, September 29 from 2-5 PM, and Sunday, September 30 from 1-5 PM. Entries will be judged on originality, universal interest, and photographic excellence. This exhibit and contest is sponsored by the La Crosse Area Camera Club and the North Country Steak Buffet.

    View full contest details


  • Oktoberfest Needlework Show
    Coulee Country Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America
    Thursday, October 4-Saturday, October 6

    The Coulee Country Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of American, Inc. is once again hosting their annual Oktoberfest Needlework Show at the La Crosse Public Library. Come enjoy the amazing needlework from local artists, and vote for your favorites! To enter the contest please complete the official entry form and then bring your articles to the Main Street Library on Wednesday, October 3 from Noon-6 PM. Entry forms are available online or can be picked up at any of our three La Crosse Public Library locations. The needlework will be on display on Thursday, October 4 from 9 AM-7 PM, on Friday, October 5 from 9 AM-5 PM, and on Saturday, October 6 from 9 AM-2 PM.